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Sheena: Queen of the Jungle Collection - The Original Movie and Complete Series
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The Queen of the Jungle...Times Three!
She is an ancient prophecy fulfilled. A golden God child possessed with a mystic gift. A gift which grew in strength as she grew in years. A gift about to be put to the ultimate test. Innocence against evil.
Part Animal. Part Legend. All Woman.
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle
Journey to deepest, darkest Africa for thrills, romance and high adventure! Orphaned in Zambouli territory, the blonde Sheena (Tanya Roberts) is raised by a noble tribe and taught to communicate telepathically with all creatures. She gets a firsthand lesson in love from Vic Casey (Ted Wass), a wisecracking TV journalist. In Africa for a story on a royal football player, Prince Otwani (Trevor Thomas), Vic soon finds himself embroiled in a web of political intrigue. And when the evil prince decides to invade the Zamboulis' land, it is up to Sheena to rescue Vic and save her idyllic kingdom!
Sheena TV Series
Orphaned at a young age by tragedy in the jungle, Sheena was raised by the last living member of a native tribe, the Kaya, who possessed the mystical power to shape shift into the forms of wild animals by feeling the spirit of their soul. It is a gift shared by Sheena, who can turn herself into an animal and travel through the jungle unrecognized while battling outside forces that invade La Mistas, her primal home.
Featuring the 1984 Theatrical Feature Film starring Tanya Roberts (TV s Charlie s Angels) and Ted Wass (TV s Soap and Blossom),
directed by John Guillermin (1976 King Kong remake).
Featuring all 35 episodes from the 2 seasons of the hit syndicated TV series starring Gena Lee Nolin (TV s Baywatch) and
John Allen Nelson (Killer Klowns From Outer Space and TV s Baywatch)
This DVD collection also includes 5 bonus episodes of the 1950s TV series starring Irish McCalla
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If you're interested in the 1955 series and wondering which episodes are included, they are: The Rival Queen, The Leopard Men, The Renegades, The Sacred River, The Test.
After finding success on television in Charlie’s Angels, and Mike Hammer, Tanya Roberts had transitioned to feature films like The BeastMaster (1982), and in 1984 was nearing the peak of her popularity. Roberts’ shapely physique was appropriate to the role (except for naturally blonde hair), and she brings a sense of innocence to the character, in this action-based feature, with good production values.
Previously known for her appearances on Baywatch and The Price is Right, Gena Lee Nolin is another suitable choice to play Sheena. Teamed with fellow ex-Baywatcher John Allen Nelson, the pair work quite well together. The challenge of coming up with interesting stories set in the African jungle, is met pretty well, as the writing is better than you might expect. Some special effects reflect budgetary limitations, but overall the program has good production values, and delivers solid action most of the time.
Generally, image quality is a little soft with a distinct lack of sharpness. This could be due to the quality of the original source material, and also because up to eight episodes are jammed on a single disc. As the series continues, the level of violence seems to increase and become more severe, as Sheena has no reservations about spilling blood in a variety of ways. There is also a strong supernatural element, as Sheena can physically transform and assume the shape and size of an animal that she sees. And she can also transform into a feline creature with superhuman strength.
This set provided many hours of escapist adventure at a rather nominal price. I previously had an interest in checking out the 2000 Sheena series, which is available on DVD-R, but the prices were just too high. Perhaps the image quality of the individual season releases is better, but knowing now what this series is about, paying so much more would not have been worth it. For those with any interest, be advised that the Season One release has 22 episodes, while the second season has only 13 episodes.
The 1955 series with Irish McCalla is also available on DVD. I have not seen any of those releases, but the image quality of the episodes in this set is quite flat and lacks sharpness. One nice surprise was an appearance by John Banner, who would later play Sergeant Schultz in Hogan’s Heroes. While it was informative seeing how the Sheena was first portrayed on TV, I will probably not be investigating this series any further.
I'm not a fan of the Irish McCalla version of Sheena. It seems dumbed down to me. To each his or her own.
The Tanya Roberts movie was good and I liked it.
I've had people run down Gina Lee Nolan's Sheena, but I like it the best of the versions in this collection. In this one, Sheena is the Darak'na and is able to shape change into almost any animal see can look in the eyes. For you D & D players out there, Sheena would be a Druid character with 'Wild Shape' in a jungle setting (just in a modern era)! Very cool. Buy this collection.
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